There has been a lot going on in the Okehampton area this week — here are the main stories in today’s edition of the Okehampton Times.

• A generous donation of £30,000 from ‘out of the blue’ has helped to secure an all weather sports pitch for the young people of Lamerton.

• A youngster from Bogtown has received a prestigious national award after raising more than 25 times his target for Cancer Research UK with a sponsored walk after losing his nana and auntie to cancer.

• Hanging baskets are brightening up the Red Lion Yard this summer for the first time to encourage people to shop in the yard.

• It was a poignant day at Rainbows Pre-School in Okehampton on Wednesday last week (July 17) when the pre-school held their last session before closing their doors for good.

• There was plenty of activity at Simmons Park in Okehampton on Sunday when Okehampton Community Recreation Association (OCRA) held its annual Super Sporting Sunday.

• An appeal has been lodged against a rejected plan for a new shop and café on the A30 at Whiddon Down.

• The ‘Mad Hatterleigh’ parade was one of the highlights of the four-day Hatherleigh Festival which encompassed everything from music of all kinds and amazing street food to workshops and exhibitions.

• Sampford Courtenay Flower Club has celebrated its 35th anniversary.

• Eight pages of local sport including a magnificent century during Hatherleigh Cricket Club’s win against Abbotskerswell.